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PBS
Dec 11, 2012 7:00pm PST
opposition? >> well, kim jong-il was to preserve the nation's sovereignty. this included peaceful use of nuclear technology and space exploration. the north koreans insist this launch is such for peaceful use. on april 15th, in his first speech after the last-minute launch, kim jong-un said peace is precious but that the dignity of the people under sovereignty of the nation are even more precious. he indicated his intention to follow his father's footsteps and this launch is seen as part of that, i think. >> so why did the north koreans choose to launch now? >> well, experts point to two reasons. and the one is that the timing relates to a scheduled satellite launch by the south koreans. they had planned to send up a satellite on november 29th but postponed. the two koreas are competing to be the top satellite-launching countries. it is opposed by the north. those in pyongyang believe such opposition is caused by what they call the hostile policy of the united states. they insist that the americans change their position and that ask that they launch. another reason is that they formulate
PBS
Dec 11, 2012 5:00pm PST
scientists and engineers are looking into what went wrong. ♪ >> reporter: kim jong-un didn't give up. his father, kim jong-il, had promoted the military first policy by overseeing such operations. on the day of the launch in april, kim took over as chairman of the national defense commission. >> translator: we should strive to bring about industrial revolution in the new century and begin a journey toward an economic power. >> reporter: kim made various attempts to cement his power. he promised to rebuild the economy. north korea imports most of its goods, even daily necessities there china. government officials say they are encouraging foreign investment so they can make more products at home. kim has cast himself as a benevolent leader. he even set up a bureau to add amusement parks. >> translator: i hope people in our country will smile and live happily. i promise we will build up the strongest nation. >> reporter: such efforts have done nothing to feed the hungry. officials with the u.n. world food program say 60 million north koreans, nearly 70% of the population, suffer from malnutr
PBS
Dec 12, 2012 3:00pm PST
his father, kim jong-il, but those hopes have been dashed, it seems. in south korea, protesters took to the streets burning flags and portraits. and the international community added its voice, too. the worry that the launch has more to do with the development of long-range missiles, missiles that could deliver nuclear weapons. >> woodruff: in washington, white house spokesman jay carney said north korea would face consequences for the launch. and at the united nations, the security council condemned the action and said that it is considering an appropriate response. margaret warner takes the story from there. >> warner: for more, we turn to david wright, a senior scientist and co-director of global security at the union of concerned scientists. and han park, professor of international affairs at the university of georgia. he travels frequently to north korea and witnessed april's failed rocket launch there. welcome, gentlemen. david wright, beginning with you, how big an advance in this in north korea's drive to develop its long-range missile capability and then to ten potentially s
CNN
Dec 11, 2012 11:00pm PST
korea's leader kim jong-un took power after his father died nearly a year ago. the u.n. security council is planning to meet tomorrow and the discussion, north korea's controversial launch. our paula hancock is out front tonight in seoul, south korea. what are the officials in seoul saying about what happened? >> reporter: well, we have confirmation from forth korea as far as they are concerned this rocket launch was a success. we had a special broadcast on north korean television just about an hour ago. a very jubilant and excited news reader announced the rocket launch was a success and that the satellite had entered pre-set orbit. north koreans have claimed success in the face of failure in the past. so we have to wait for confirmation. we are waiting on the u.s. and south korean officials working closely to together to see whether or not that satellite is, in fact, in orbit. the south korean response, as you can imagine, is one of condemnation. the blue house which is the korean equivalent of the white house issued a statement, lee myung-bak who was called just after this rocket laun
KCSMMHZ
Dec 12, 2012 6:00am PST
country has reached the highest level. >> translator: our late commander kim jong-il would be so happy to hear that the launch was successful. i'm sure that by following the instructions of kim jong-un our country will become strong and prosperous. >>> the launch given officials around the world a lot to think about. japan's defense minister says his country needs to equip itself against developments. >> translator: we have to admit that north korea's missile technology is improving. this will pose various security problems to japan. as well as other countries in the region. >> he says the launch shows japan must maintain a sophisticated and effective missile defense system. >>> security analysts are busy examines what the north koreans have achieved. 32 years in the maritime self-defense force. nhk's shery ahn spoke with him earlier. >> defense minister said that north koreans' technology seems to be quite advanced. what do you think they improved upon? >> of course. north korea is improving the missile technology continuously and they got the basic technology of ballistic missi
Comedy Central
Dec 12, 2012 1:30am PST
international enemies, especially north korea. and their dear leader kim jong-un. in my book he is public enemy number un. (laughter) so i was terrified to learn that pyongyang's history institute of the d.p.r.k. academy of social sciences made this shocking discovery. >> an eyebrow-raising announcement out of north korea. the state news agency there claims that archaeologists have just located an ancient unicorn lair. (laughter) >> stephen: that's right. north korea has unicorn technology. (laughter) they said i was crazy when i called far glitter defense shield armed with ballistic sparkley stickers. (laughter) folks, this brings me to threat number two, commie unicorns. (laughter) this is a huge boon to north korea. and not just because someone there has finally found a source of protein. to make this earth-shattering discovery, north korean archaeologists had to travel 200 meters from a temple in the capital city pyongyang and then look down to see a rectangular rock carved with the words "unicorn lair." (laughter) it makes sense it's labeled, how else would the mailman know wh
FOX News
Dec 11, 2012 5:00pm PST
recent months has a new leader kim the younger we have called him. the son of kim jong ilment long-time dictator there but now in a defiant move against the rest of the world, the north koreans have fired a long range missile. what happened to it? we don't yet know. it's a busy night in the fox newsroom. we will keep you updated on breaks in o'reilly. now here he is. >> bill: bill -- big trouble in michigan. give employees the option not to join a union. president obama doesn't like that at all. >> what we shouldn't be doing is your rights to bargain for better wages. we shouldn't do that. these so-called right-to-work laws they don't have anything to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics. [cheers] >> what they are really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money. >> bill: but governor rick snyder says he will sign the right-to-work measure tomorrow. he joins us now from lansing, the state capitol. so what do you say to the president, governor, who says this you are basically trying to bring down wages for working people in michigan? >> that's no
CNN
Dec 12, 2012 8:00am PST
. kim jong un, who appears to be following in his father's foot accepts even dodged calls on this launch. chris lawrence is following this at the pentagon. chris, if you can tell us a little bit about the launch. it might seem surprising, but was it really surprising given the history we have with these leaders? >> reporter: it was only a surprise, ashley, that it happened last night. they knew this was going to take place, but when north korea asked to extend the launch window to the end of the year, most thought it would come next week at the earliest. i just spoke with a u.s. official who confirms that the object that north korea launched is still in orbit right now, and they're doing their final calculations to determine whether or not it was, indeed, a satellite as north korea claimed. but bottom line, their rocket did go through all three stages, which is a significant jump in technology for them. >> so does this, chris, tell us much about how close north korea is from being able to launch long-range missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads? >> great question. the off
FOX News
Dec 12, 2012 3:00pm PST
it or being really serious. that is something to be serious about. >> chris: when kim jong un succeeded his father almost a year ago there was some hope that maybe it was a new generation or sensible. some say rational. same generation. does it dash hopes? is this another kim? >> the style is different than his father. we saw that he spoke to the people this week. he is definitely more of a public figure. if you have a country in an economic collapse the way you get everybody together and rally them is to, is this militaristic, nationalistic, buildup. that is what he is doing. that's how the regime views staying in power. it doesn't matter if kim jong unor his father. to keep an maintain power they are using this military prowess to rally troops. you you saw the troops through the street. you heard the interview with people around the country. where half the country is starving. >> it helps him make the leadership to show i'm as tough as my dad were. we have to take a break. next up, another day closer to the deadline to the fiscal cliff. are we moving toward the brink? or awa
FOX News
Dec 12, 2012 12:00pm PST
community, to pursue appropriate action. >> the state department said today that if kim jong-un wants to send his time and money in shooting off missiles rather than feeding his people that is his decision. analysts expect him to act swiftly to conduct a new nuclear test to capitalize on the boost the successful test of the rocket. the white house is looking to beijing for help, as usual. >> the chinese made clear their opposition and regret that it took place after it happened. we will continue to work with our international partners to ensure that the north korean regime is first i lated, that it is further punished for the violations of international obligations. >> the not koreans called on western nations to use reason and remain cool so that the situation doesn't "get to an undesirable direction." >> that is kind of them. now, someone who knows something, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations former governor of new mexico, bill richardson, and he traveled to north korea a few years ago. nice to see you, governor. this is bordering on absurd. what is kim jong-un caring what w
CNN
Dec 12, 2012 1:00pm PST
to fool japan. they succeeded. >> and it certainly does strengthen the new young leader kim jong-un domestically. >> absolutely. they have been trying since 1998 to launch a long-range missile and they failed in the previous four attempts. they succeeded in this. it's not a rocket that can deliver a major warhead. there are marriajor hurdles to >> they have done in north korea where a lot of people are starving what south korea has been unable to do. >> by choice, actually. >> they haven't launched a satellite into orbit. >> south korea has not. this will undoubtedly spur competition with south korea. you'll see that. you'll probably see south korea respond with more batteries and japan will probably already do that. you have heard that we need to spend more. we spend $10 million a year already on a missile system. it has international ramifications that are going to destabilize. this is why the security council is condemning the move. >> so how much of a real threat to the united states, whether hawaii or the west coast, is this? >> we are not threatened any more today than we were
MSNBC
Dec 12, 2012 2:00am PST
launched a long-range rocket for the second time since kim jong-un took power. and these are brand-new pictures from the capital in a clear display of propaganda there. the white house is far less jovial, calling the launch a threat to regional security. nbc's ian williams is live for us. he is watching the developments from beijing. ian, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. and yes, the north koreans have once again defied international warnings and launched what they describe as a rocket carrying a satellite into orbit, but which the u.s. and most outsiders regard as a thinly disguised test of a ballistic missile. now, the rocket was fired this morning shortly before 10:00 a.m. local time. it went on a trajectory over the japanese island of okinawa and quickly provoked expressions of anger and outrage from japan and korea, which convened meetings of security officials. the u.s. described it as a provocative act threatening regional security. now, north korea, for their part, quickly said that it was a success, that the satellite is in orbit, unlike a test earlier thi
MSNBC
Dec 12, 2012 2:30am PST
under new leader kim jong-un. the surprise launch happened last night after north korea indicated it was having technical problems that could take weeks to resolve. fooled us. korea state tv claims the launch was successful, delivering a "peaceful satellite" in orbit. however, the u.s. and south korea believe it was another attempt by the north koreans to improve their long-range missile capabilities. >>> now to the ongoing violence in syria. in a major diplomatic shift for the united states, the obama administration is now formally recognizing the syrian rebels in an effort to put an end to president bashar al assad's rule. president obama made the announcement in an interview with abc news just hours before a meeting of syrian opposition leaders and their international allies in morocco. >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition
CNN
Dec 12, 2012 2:00am PST
are just a few days away from the anniversary of the death of kim jong-il. he died last year december 17th. so kim jong-un, his son in control, wanted to commemorate that, and also 2012 is a very crucial year for north korea. it is the send tenry of the country's founder. the one in april failed, but it was crucial because it was within this year. so north korea really wanted to get it done before the end of the year. >> paula hancocks, thank you for that. >>> 36 after the hour. a maryland health official is confirming a second person has died there in the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to the tainted steroid injections. the patient died in november and had been reportedly receiving treatment. nationwide now 590 people have been infected. 37 people have died. >>> four players involved in the new orleans saints bounty scandal have had their punishments overturned by paul tabliabue. tabliabue who investigated a second round of appeals calling the october suspensions handed down by current commissioner roger goodell selective and inconsistent. takibliabue places the bulk of e blame on
FOX News
Dec 12, 2012 8:00am PST
: and for those who wondered whether kim jong-un had staying power as leader of north korea, he just bought himself a whole lot of time in that job, didn't he? >> well i think he showed that the capability of the north koreans has been underestimated and i think you're right. this will be a political boost for him but let's be clear. this rocket-testing program and the work with iran have been going on for decades and they have had some notable failures but each failure tells them something and each success tells them something. if they can put a payload into orbit which we concede they have apparently done, in effect they're well on the way to putting a nuclear payload anywhere on the planet. jon: two members of the original axis of evil still working together. ambassador john bolton, thank you. >> thank you. jenna: we're going to turn to some news a little closer to home now. we're following some major developments in michigan after governor rick snyder signed two bills into law making michigan the nation's 24th right it work state. now despite violent pro-union protests all day, g
ABC
Dec 12, 2012 1:40am PST
them. >> it's a big step and a big step for kim jong-un, their new leader. barely in office for a year. he kind of needed to show his power and that he can rise to the occasion after that massive fail back in april. >> and next week will be the one-year anniversary since his father passed away. so a coming out party for the new leader and his new regime. it means a lot on various levels. >>> the pacific northwest, just outside of portland, oregon, when the attack at the town center was over, three people including the gunman were dead. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: a shopping mall at christmastime is supposed to be safe. when witnesses first heard loud pops near the food court of this portland area mall, some thought it was bursting balloons. >> we thought it was balloon. >> then we saw little fire thingies. >> reporter: then the screaming and everyone knew it was something far worse. >> all of a sudden we heard a bang. we covered our ears and got down. then a matter of five seconds later, we heard bang, bang, bang, bang. >> reporter: it started shortly before 3:30 p.m.,
FOX News
Dec 12, 2012 6:00am PST
. mainland. but it does seem a political success for the new leader, kim jong-un, this young new leader. he pushed for this rocket to be tested and for once it has been successful. back to you. martha: david, thank you very much. we'll have more on that coming up later. bill: certainly will. david mentioned, north korea made several launch attempts in the past but this is the first time the regime has successfully carried one out. in total north korea reportedly has more than 800 ballistic missiles and has an array of short, intermediate range missile systems. we'll talk in a moment how that changes the game. martha: sure does. no surprise that launch has really gotten the world's attention. could it be a game-changer in international relations with this rogue regime? we'll examine that question. bill: also this fight over union rights turns down right nasty. protesters storming the statehouse while inside a democratic lawmaker says, "there will be blood.". as union supporters call out the governor signing the bill into law. >> he is so out of touch with michigan's men and women and cha
CNBC
Dec 12, 2012 4:00am EST
philippines. many north korea watchers say it was a desperate move for the young leader, kim jong-un, to consolidate power and make north korea still more relevant to north korea's presidential elections which will be held next wednesday. because the north had announced technical glitches earlier this week and extended the launch window to the 2 th of the -- 29th of the month, the timing caught the world offguard but could not dodge strong criticism. south korea for one lashed out, of course, calling it a violation of u.n. security council resolutions. and china, north korea's long-time ally, also expressed regret launch calling on the state to abide by u.n. resolutions. now u.n. security council diplomats have also set up an emergency meeting today at the request of the u.s. and japan. back to you. >> all right. thanks for that. >>> the senior fellow at the school of international studies at the technological university. thanks for joining us. what does this test do today? what's the impact on regional securit security? >> short term, i don't think the impact is going to be particularly
CNN
Dec 12, 2012 11:00am PST
problems, was going to delay the launch and then suddenly on calendar, e for many, and kim jong-il got very lucky. the three latest attempts had all failed. and this one appears, appears to be a success. something is in orbit. >> we know the rocket range is something like 5,000, 6,000 kilometers. what does the distance tell you? >> well, it is technology. it is a three stage rocket. that's what is significant here. >> tells you it is advanced. >> this is 1950s scud technology they built, a lot of people thought they would never get this far with it. but they made incremental advances. so in that sense, it poses a threat. remember, while they were celebrating in the streets of pyongyang, there were probably also celebrating in the control rooms in iran because those two share their missile technology. >> what about ally, china? china -- >> that was a big surprise. >> let me quote, expressed regret, quote/unquote. regret from china? >> china has been their backer, tried to support them quietly in all these talks. but for them to come out today and say we regret that this happened --
CNN
Dec 12, 2012 6:00am PST
it comes days before the first anniversary of kim jong-il's death, a former nasa engineer says the rocket was based on soviet technology, it took off from north korea's west coast, and traveled south near the japanese island of okinawa. debris fell into the sea as far away as the philippines. many in the u.s. and elsewhere were taken by surprise. the last time north korea tried to launch was april which ended in an embarrassing failure. to chris lawrence our pentagon correspondent, chris, the u.s. officials do they have any doubts that this is for real? >> reporter: don f they did, those doubts are quickly disappearing. i just got off the phone with a u.s. official who confirmed to me that the on object north korea put into space is still? or bit and the officials are going through final calculations to confirm whether it was indeed a satellite, as north korea claimed. regardless of that, it is confirmed that north korea did successfully go through three stages of this rocket, which is a jump in technology for them. this is the type of rocket that has the range to hit areas in alas
CNN
Dec 12, 2012 9:00am PST
was that the new leader in north korea, kim jong-un, would pick a different path than his father, that he would be more moderate. i think still there's possibilities of dialogue. i'm not sure when. i think he did this for domestic reasons. the last missile launch failed. he only has one year in leadership. he wants to show his people that despite their economic problems, they have military and missile technolo technology, that they're a major power in space, militarilmilita buttress themselves with the north korean military. it was mainly a domestic shot he took, but also he said to the world, you have to deal with me. i'm a major player. >> so it's for domestic audience largely here. should the united states and should others be worried this launch could mean there's a capability to hit the western coast of the united states? is that a concern what actually was accomplished here beyond the politi politics? >> it was a violation of missile launches, number one. so there will be action by the security council. i don't think they have the capability to reach the united states right now,
ABC
Dec 12, 2012 7:00am PST
, kim jong-un, will continue his father's legacy of pursuing the technology. despite those harsh sanctions. >>> let's get the other top stories from josh. >> good morning to both of you and all of you. we're beginning with an abc news exclusive interview with president obama. we have learned the president and house speaker john boehner have traded new proposal affecting every american's wallets, specifically whether our taxes go up at year's end. jake tapper has the new details. >> reporter: president obama minced no words in an exclusive interview with abc's barbara walters. >> taxes are going to go up one way or another. and i think the key is to make sure that taxes go up on high-end individuals, like you and me, barbara. we can afford it. >> reporter: the president told barbara walters, he remains optimistic. >> are we going to go over the fiscal cliff? >> i'm pretty confident that republicans would not hold middle-class taxes hostage to try to protect taxes for high-income individuals. >> reporter: the president and house speaker john boehner are at least talking. the presid
FOX News
Dec 12, 2012 3:00am PST
great timing there in north korea. kim jong-un probably did this to honor his father whose death is this coming when i read the white house statement, i read, oh, wait, didn't i write this in 2006, because it's basically the same language that america has been use not guilty its foreign policy with north korea for years. >> brian: that rocket is just the technology from the '60s, the soviet era '60s, just a little juiced up. >> for us, looking at it, it is a concern because if they do get better technology and if they're rockets reach one of our allies or even all the way across the pacific to us, that obviously is a major problem. but this looks different from inside north korea with state television. this is a big deal to them. it means a lot. >> gretchen: we saw them celebrating. something that wasn't celebrated was the mob action that was going on in michigan yesterday with these protests about the state becoming a right to work state and a lot of people who support the unions were against this. it was interesting because president obama was in michigan the day before, or yester
MSNBC
Dec 12, 2012 3:00am PST
, firing another long-range rocket. the second such launch under new leader kim jong-un. korean state tv claims the launch was successful and that the rocket delivered a, quote, peaceful satellite into orbit. >>> this is a big morning now. >> it is. he's here. >> he's here in the flesh in new york city in the studio. >> 12-12-12. happy 12-12-12. >> top 12 reasons, something. >> willie and i since 11-11-11 -- >> i was watching you. >> and we're, like, on the holiday inn over on 57th. we're going to be ready when it's 12-12-12 because that's going to be a special day. we'll make a top 12 list of the things a man should do to -- >> and we want to get this right. >> we're going to get it right. >> because we were so wrong about y2k. >> we really were. >> the millennium. >> we really were. you know what? let's not kill hamlet in the first act. we're going to give you our special top 12 list. i think it may bring a tear to your eye. let's do "politico" first. >> mike allen sitting patiently, chief white house correspondent. >> by the way, it's alex corson's anniversary today. happy annivers
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